Thanks for the info. I have been doing my sites in Hype and really would prefer to do that because to me it is the most efficient interface by a long way, but I do recognize I should go into something like that. I think I will spend some time on it.
Used Freeway for several years, but they may or may not still be in business. I thought I liked Sparkle, but it lacks some functionality, the developer says he is working on it, but its too minimal in its interface, many features are difficult to find. It requires custom themes to get control of full page background images, too, and that shouldnt happen.
I have dabbled in Rapid Weaver, was concerned about the need to buy different stacks etc, but if you are telling me that you are good with it, then I dont mind buying a few.
I also have Responsive Site Designer, love how they do responsive, but they come from a pure coding background and Windows, the effect us that they are VERY much into menus for EVERYTHING, you have to be willing to commit to a lot of training time before you can do much. And if you are away from it for a week or two its difficult to refresh your memory on the menus.
I did a 4-5 month full time web redo this summer on Joomla, and a Squarespace site about a year ago, not likely to dabble in CMS’s again. Joomla at least is really just like a jumble of cardboard shipping containers, its NOT the product, that’s content which still has to be created or modified. Very hard to get the client to understand that fact. "it’s Joomla, it has to be easy, that’s what they advertise’ He paid $28,000 for the original site 5 years ago, I had t use the original theme, not responsive. 26 pages, several hundred documents. And you have to buy modules, extensions, plug-ins to do what you want. It’s still not responsive and can’t be without a theme change.
The other thing I learned is that I am not willing to work in a situation where the client produces their own content unless they have a lot of experience. I have been working with images, Photoshop since 1993 and now Pixelmator for 5 years and I have learned a lot about enhancing images. I am working on a site now that has 250+ jewelry images, the client has no background in photography, and its costing me a lot of heavily discounted time in order to get the job done so that it looks reasonable. This will be the last time on that.
Thanks for the RapidWeaver info, I just remembered it a couple of days ago, and your comments came at the right time, I will look into it more.